Protecting new plantings from wildlife
Date: April 15, 2013 07:49AM
I have been doing some research on protecting young trees from Deer after seeing your warning on my receipt. I will be planting in the middle of May as many of the plants I received are leafing out already and I am concern about frost and ground preparation. The general cocensus seems to be that a fence is required to protect Fruit trees (Apple in particular). I have purchased Pear, Nine Bark, and Bayberry so far and intend to purchase some Roselow Crab, Three times a charm, Service Berry, High Bush Cranberry and Thicket Plum closer to my planting date. Will all of these require to be fenced in? Also I wonder what you suggest for the nature of the fencing? The suggestions I have seen online include 4 and 5 foot welded wire on five foot T poles, Plastic Snow fence, and Hardware cloth, with T posts of 4 or 5 foot heights. What do you recomend, I realize that there is a big difference in the budget for each of these, but I am wondering what would be reasonable understanding that not much will keep out a starving Deer. Also I have heard that fruit trees need protection fro mice come winter? What would you suggest?